Thursday, 19 June 2014

Dry hands saviours - La Roche-Posay hand creams

My hands are very sensitive and get dry and irritated very quickly no matter how careful I am with using gloves while cleaning and applying hand cream a hundred times a day. A couple of months ago they became extremely dry, the skin was cracked, sore and itchy. I've used ton's of different hand creams but they didn't help that much and my hands, especially the right one, were in awful condition. I was thinking to get a professional advice on what to use to sooth and hydrate my hands when I came across a very helpful post on Joey's blog about La Roche-Posay Cicaplast hand cream and I decided to give it a go.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplst Hands Barrier Repairing Cream, 50ml RRP £6.50, this cream is suitable for all skin types including sensitive and atopic. It contains 30% concentration of glycerine which ensures long lasting comfort and hydration and 4% concentration of Niacinamide, which reduces inflammation and prevents the skin from cracking. The consistency is of a thick balm and after applying it to your hands you feel they're covered in invisible protective glove. The cream is absorbed fast and doesn't leave greasy residue making your hands instantly soothed, soft and moisturised. You can't detect any scent to it.
The first time I used it I felt an incredible relieve and my hands became immediately less itchy. After a few days of regular use the skin on my hands stopped cracking and was less irritated. Couple of weeks later my hands were in so much better condition, still slightly dry but not sore. I keep using Cicaplast every single day and I nearly never have cracked skin (it happens sometimes when I clean without using gloves, I never learn).
Newer addition to my hand care is La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream, 50ml RRP £5, this cream is also suitable for sensitive, atopy-prone, severely dry skin. The consistency is of a light cream, non greasy and fast absorbing. There is very delicate scent to it. It helps to restore skin barrier and protect from daily stress factors like climate or frequent cleaning (tell me about it, I'm mother of two very young boys). It leaves my hands super soft and hydrated.
I've been using both creams regularly every day and my hands are no longer suffering from cracked skin, dryness and itchiness. I can't be without them. I highly recommend them to anyone with dry, allergic skin. They are really affordable as well and right now Escentual has an 'up to 1/3off' offer on French Pharmacy brands including La Roche-Posay so you can try these gems for even less.
Have you used La Roche-Posay hand creams? What's your favourite hand cream?
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